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Health Promotion Service Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Surf Action

Location: county wide

Cost: By negotiation with referer

Surf Action

“By veterans, for veterans”

Surf Action was established in Cornwall in 2009 and is now a registered Charity (number 1140191). An award winning and pioneering project, Surf Action is dedicated to serving the needs of military veterans (including TAs and reservists) and their families, especially those affected by PTSD and physical injuries or those struggling to re-adjust to civilian life.

Surf Action also supports those who have served or are serving in the ‘blue-light’ emergency services. By making use of the stunning coastal environment and offering holistic support which takes into account the practical, social and psychological difficulties which some veterans can experience, we do not seek to replicate the valuable work carried out by existing military organisations and charities, but to complement, signpost to, and work with them to fill the gaps identified by the veterans who come to us.

PhD research recently carried out with Loughborough University has validated the Surf Action model and significantly extended previous knowledge on physical activity, military veterans and PTSD by highlighting how nature-based physical activity – encapsulated in the conceptual notion of the “Blue Gym” – can significantly promote well-being among military veterans.





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